7.23.2013

A New Orleans Night

New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1
New Orleans - Day 1

“If New Orleans is not fully in the mainstream of culture, neither is it fully in the mainstream of time. Lacking a well-defined present, it lives somewhere between its past and its future, as if uncertain whether to advance or to retreat. Perhaps it is its perpetual ambivalence that is its secret charm. Somewhere between Preservation Hall and the Superdome, between voodoo and cybernetics, New Orleans listens eagerly to the seductive promises of the future but keeps at least one foot firmly planted in its history, and in the end, conforms, like an artist, not to the world but to its own inner being--ever mindful of its personal style.”
Tom Robbins // Jitterbug Perfume

The perfect way to end our first night in New Orleans? A scenic, rustic ride through the dark French Quarter in a mule-drawn carriage. Our driver entertained us with amusing antecdotes (Eva Longoria was one of his famous passengers) and enlightened us on the city's haunted history.

We saw the LaLaurie House, built in 1832. The three-story building, at the corner of Royal and Governor Nichols, is known as the most haunted place in New Orleans, due to it's former resident, Madame LaLaurie, a Louisiana-born socialite who later became known for her involvement in torturing and murdering slaves in her home. Our driver said that recently, Nicholas Cage bought the mansion, but he never lived there. He used it only for parties....before the bank foreclosed on it a little while later.

Right down the street from the LaLaurie House are homes that belong to Brad & Angelina, and Sandra Bullock.  Passing by at a leisurely pace, we saw the old buildings, looking lovely lit by lamplight. We can't report any celeb sightings...but as our mule "Dirty Harry" trotted us down the moonlit street, we DID see plenty of stars.

See the rest of Day 1 in New Orleans:
here & here


2 comments:

Dirty Harry said...

This was a perfect way to end our first day in New Orleans. It had been fun. Hudson had meet his new new best buddy "D". So a stroll around town was the perfect way to end the first day. It was neat hearing how most 3rd floor lights are not on because the floor is haunted. Day one and we are off to a great trip.

LOVE YOU!!!

Cindy P said...

These pictures are so lovely! How wonderful that you got to experience the night life and nighttime beauty of New Orleans via a carriage!!